DDIFO Welcomes New Members!

DDIFO has been invited by a number franchise owners in a number of cities to come and meet franchise owners face to face. I am visiting Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners around the country in an effort to learn more about your issues and concerns as well as share with you the vision and mission of DDIFO. The meetings have resulted in many franchise owners joining DDIFO. DDIFO welcomes 100’s of new shops as members from the following states: New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Florida, and Georgia.

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What’s Eating McDonald’s

Matthew Boyle writes in Businessweek that McDonalds strength through the recession was much ballyhooed, but now sales are slipping . You’d think McDonald’s (MCD) would be a can’t-miss recession play for global investors. Yet shares of the fast-food giant are flat in 2009 during one of the most dramatic stock rallies in history. While the burger giant keeps growing overseas, same-store sales in the U.S., where McDonald’s generates half its operating profits, dipped 0.1% in October and are likely to stay weak for the rest of the year. In response, McDonald’s will soon launch a dollar breakfast menu and add smoothies to its lineup.

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Starbucks CEO: McDonald’s McCafe Launch Made Starbucks Better

Reuters in USA Today reports that Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said McDonald’s McCafe launch earlier this year made the cafe chain better. Starbucks (SBUX) executives have repeatedly said that the world’s largest hamburger chain’s entry into the market for espresso-based drinks, the first competitive pressure Starbucks had faced in the niche it pioneered, had no impact on Starbucks’ business. But comments beyond that have been few and far between

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Burger King’s $1 Double Cheeseburger Upsets Franchisees

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Burger King Corp. has aggressively pushed its $1 double cheeseburger to attract price-conscious consumers, but the chain’s franchisees say the value pricing is costing them money. The National Franchisee Association, a Kennesaw-based group that represents more than 80 percent of U.S. franchised Burger Kings, filed a lawsuit this week against Burger King, a Miami, Fla.,-based chain, over pricing issues. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, seeks to prevent Burger King from dictating maximum pricing for the franchisees.

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Subway Breakfast Experience Not Exactly a Wake-up Call

Emily Bryson York reports in Advertising Age that Subway has an uphill climb to capture the morning daypart. Sudway announced last Friday that it would expand its test of Seattle’s Best Coffee to 9,000 locations in an effort to drive morning business — but it is going to have its work cut out for it if anecdotal evidence is any indication.

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Restaurants, Coffee Shops Work Hard to Lure, Keep Customers

Gail Ciampa the Providence Journal Food Editor reports that a few weeks ago, McDonald’s wanted to talk about coffee. Last week, Dunkin’ Donuts wanted to talk about its foods. Has the world gone mad? Or has it just grown crazily competitive in the quick service restaurant category to which they belong?

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McDonald’s October Same-Store Sales up, U.S. Slips

Lisa Baertlein and Jessica Wohl report at ABC News that McDonald’s Corp said sales at established U.S. restaurants fell 0.1 percent in October, as expected, but its stock ticked up 1.5 percent after sales from the rest of the world buoyed overall results. McDonald’s, which has been outperforming its peers, had signaled last month that U.S. October sales would be weak.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisee will Open First in Overland Park

The Kansas City Business Journal reports that Dunkin’ Donuts is coming back to the metro with a new Overland Park location and more to follow. Franchisee Verona Key LLC plans to open its first Kansas City-area Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant Thursday in Overland Park.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Launches Everyday Value Menu in Chicago

As consumer spending continues to tighten this holiday season, Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, today introduced a new limited-time value menu designed to offer quality products at low prices throughout the Chicago market.

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